Gentamicin Sulfate Pregnancy

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Pregnancy of Gentamicin Sulfate in details

Pregnancy is always a special situation where every action or side effect of the drug varies when compared to a situation of a non-pregnant patient. It is not only because the pregnant woman's metabolism differs due to the hormonal and other changes happened to her, but also because every medicine or its metabolite passes to the baby and shows its action there. The only thing is, be cautious, attentive and well supervised when you take any single drug in pregnancy. The interactions can vary in pregnancy, and the dosage may differ as well. Strict supervision of the Physician is mandatory.

Category C: Either studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the foetus (teratogenic or embryocidal or other) and there are no controlled studies in women or studies in women and animals are not available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the foetus.

Gentamicin Sulfate breastfeeding

When a drug is taken when the patient is breast feeding, a part of the drug is secreted in her breast milk and is passed to the baby. The dosage of the medicine to mother and baby are different, and many drugs actions are side effects when you take them without a disease, and what if you the baby takes them without a disease? What if the drug is contraindicated in newborns, infants or children? So, breastfeeding is a very alarming situation when the mother is on medications. Ask your Physician or Pediatrician about the effect of the drug on the baby and how much is excreted in breast milk and if it harms the baby!

Gentamicin Sulfate is excreted into breast milk in small amounts. At 1 and 7 hours following a dose of Gentamicin Sulfate, serum concentrations averaged 3.9 and 1.1 mcg/mL, respectively, while milk concentrations averaged 0.4 and 0.4 mcg/mL. The milk:plasma ratio averaged 0.11 and 0.44, respectively. Infants were fed one hour after administration of Gentamicin Sulfate. Gentamicin Sulfate was detected in the serum of 5 of 10 infants with an average serum concentration of 0.4 mcg/mL. The five other infants had undetectable levels (below 0.27 mcg/mL). Gentamicin Sulfate is considered compatible with breast-feeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

See references

References for pregnancy information

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References for breastfeeding information

  1. "American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Drugs. The transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk." Pediatrics 108 (2001): 776-89
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  3. "Product Information. Garamycin (Gentamicin Sulfate)." Schering-Plough Corporation, Kenilworth, NJ.



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